A friend is visiting from Budapast, so off we went yesterday to the Rome Farmers’ Market here in Garbatella, just up the hill on Via Passino. I needed farina integrale, wholewheat flour, and you never know you might find there.
Lots of greens: spinaci, cicoria, bieta, verza.
Cheese from Amatrice, outside Rome. We came late in the morning and there was still a massive queue here. We took a ticket, and it was still half an hour’s wait, salivating over the cheeses and debating which ones to get. Aged goat cheese? Pecorino with black pepper? The smoked treccia (braid)? The massive cacio bucato, vaguely like an Edamer? We got a nice selection, enjoyed with wine later in the day.
No salumi for me this time, but it is always fun to have a look. These are generally KM0 (kilometer zero,) producers, local producers from around Rome.
Black truffles! The guy who has the stand is really nice, and generous with samples of the truffle spread on bread. I bought a couple jars of truffle spread, and then looked at the row of fresh little black truffles. Ten euro, nine, twelve….. And he shaved some fresh truffle for me to taste, and I thought “Why not?” And promptly bought a small one. What do I do, with it, I asked? Prepare some “aglio e olio”, said the guy (garlic and oil), then shave the truffle over, like fine pecorino.
Now, when shall I try my little black truffle?